Caring for a collection the size of The Field Museum's is a full-time job. It takes constant attention to protect the artifacts and specimens in our care for future generations of scientific research.Read more about Conserving Our Collections
Research & Collections
The Field Museum's Integrative Research and Collections Centers are at the leading edge of scientific research, with more than 140 scientists conducting research in our labs and around the globe to answer key questions about our world and heritage.
They rely on the Museum’s 26 million artifacts and specimens—only 1% of which are on public display—to answer fundamental questions about our planet, its life, and its cultures. From Antarctic dinosaurs to Peruvian plants, from Inuit masks to Tanzanian mammals, our collections are the real, concrete evidence of the wonder of life on Earth.
Look for our scientists in the main hall on Meet a Scientist days to learn more about their projects firsthand.